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  1. With the suspension of the Chippenham Mainline Layout Project; the link is in my signature bar below, I figured, for those who have an interest, I would start a 'work bench' topic to run along side or at least in replacement of, whilst the future of the layout project is debated. There have been a number of specific projects but also a considerable number of general kit building exercises. These have been documented, flirtingly, through the existing Chippenham thread but maybe we can discuss and evaluate in more depth here. I will have a variety of kit types and from varying eras, so maybe something for most Great Western fans/modellers. Please do comment, message if you prefer not to post, I will not be offended as I like to get things modelled as accurately as possible. Additionally and more importantly I would like this thread to develop and expand to aid other modellers with ideas and references/links to smaller suppliers; for those specific and more detailed parts required to make the model that little bit more realistic that are not available in general model shops. I, as many I am sure, have found modelling at times quite frustrating, not knowing where to get some small detailing part or a replacement etch as well as not being able to just pop out and get a pot of paint as our disappearing supply shops dwindle. I do intend featuring both plastic and metal (brass and white metal) kits as well as scratch construction for the buildings associated to my dream project. I have completed a substantial amount of historical research regarding the station and surrounding buildings and acquired a number of books/photographs. The local History Centre has provided me with the sight of some plans drawn up by Swindon Drawing Office so I have near accurate dimensions that I scaled to 4mm, (ish, I am not very good at modelling but like to get things as detailed and accurate as possible). Here's a couple of pictures of my latest kits finalised as far as possible before sourcing transfers for the wagon and thus completing the weathering. As I mentioned before I have a variety of models belong to a wide time frame; This will make up a five wagon train that was picture travelling from Calne to Chippenham. These are the subsequent building exercises that need completing with transfers and then weathered and a couple of loco projects (the Beast and a bottom drawer find); These will need completing with the same shackles and chain as featured on the War Well (thanks to Castle for the pointer on them); Oh and transfers many of you will know me from my previous threads and my despise for applying transfers. It is my least favourite thing of this hobby (including ballasting), followed very quickly after by painting. Well I hope you enjoy and find the entries useful and/or interesting. I will try to put the posts frequent but please do not be put off by a lack of daily updates as I am a very slow modeller and I am even worse with the computer.
  2. Ilfracombe After coming back into the hobby around 3 years ago I joined my local club the Farnham and District MRC and learned many tips skills and tricks to building a model railway. Previously I had a layout in both my bedroom and in a loft conversion as a child however as I got older my interest waned and I sold everything off keeping a few precious items in storage. I began to build a model railway that could be stored in a cupboard in the flat I was living in at the time and practised all of the skills I had acquired with this new model railway. Over the last 3 years I had built the baseboards, laid track, wired the layout and began to work on the scenery. One constant however was that I had to keep fixing and adjusting things due to me using cheap materials and trying to cut corners where possible. At the end of 2018 I decided that enough was enough and that it was time to put my previous layout down to experience and to build something new and more robust. The previous layout had been set in a fictional extension of the North Cornwall railway therefore my stock is of a Southern Region BR flavour. This new model railway was to be a little further back up the line and based on Ilfracombe as after having a look through track plans I discovered that it was possible to build much of the track plan in my 12ft long space. Ilfracombe also has the benefit of carriage sidings so I can put my over abundance of coaches in them.... The Devon belle also operated with the observation cars and I thought that this would create some operational interest when reading up about the subject. The track plan does have compression in length which has resulted in a reduction of the carriage sidings, the loco shed and coaling stage being off of the turntable and the platforms being shorter than in reality. I hope that even with these compromises that the track plan and buildings will still make it obvious where it is based on. The one thing I have definitely chosen to leave out is the incline on the way out of the station but with the compression this probably makes sense. The layout will be DCC controlled which I am new to as the previous model railway was DC. So far I have fitted a number of locos with decoders and have installed sound into one of my Bulleid light Pacifics. This has been a lot of fun however can be tricky therefore lots of playing around has been needed. I will be using Code 75 peco points and flexi track however I will be spacing the sleepers out to the correct scale , a time consuming task but I think that it looks well worth it once done. Once I had settled on the track plan which I had designed in SCARM I printed it out 1:1 onto paper and joined the sheets together to give me a full size idea of how it would look. A little tweaking here and there was still needed to ensure that stock fitted within certain parts of the track plan but mostly I was happy with everything. I next went to my local timber merchant with a list of all the lengths of wood that I would need cut from 9mm ply and by the end of the afternoon I had a phone call from the shop asking me to come and pick my pile of wood up. Surprisingly this actually came to a reasonable price compared to when I was having a look at getting laser cut boards which are now readily available. Alignment dowels and catches were purchased from modelrailwaybaseboards.com and T nuts and bolts from my local hardware store. Boards were glued and screwed together clamped and then left to dry. Braces were added across the boards to ensure that they stay square. This left me with something like this: Holes were cut into the baseboards where embankments were to be formed this also meant that I had to amend some of the cross braces to achieve this . I was able to reuse the legs from my previous model railway however this time I used the piggyback method therefore only one board has 4 legs. Each of these legs are attached via T nuts and bolts are screwed through. All of the legs also have adjustable feet to contend with and undulations in the floor. Toggle catches and alignment dowels also ensured that all the boards lined up correctly. Once I was happy that everything was level and correct I disassembled everything and began to paint the boards to seal them. Once they had dried everything was put back together and I attached the track plan onto the baseboards and I have began to create a mood board of pictures that I can find of Ilfracombe on the back scene boards. The Current state of play. Next up will be to build the fiddle yard which goes round the corner to create and L shape and lay the cork base onto the boards. I have also decided to build a lever frame to operate the signals and points on the layout as I am a signalman and deal with levers on a daily basis so thought it would be novel to control my model railway by them too. I will also soon order the extra points that I do not have yet. Thanks for reading Pete
  3. Les1952

    Croft Spa

    Now I have a couple of months without needing to do a lot on my existing exhibition layouts Hawthorn Dene and No Place, I can get this project off the ground properly. As with the last two construction will be a little intermittent as each of the others will need about a fortnight of preparation before each show. However this time Hawthorn Dene doesn't need a repair, so I'm OK until May when No Place goes out again. What is Croft Spa? Croft Spa is a model of small wayside station on the East Coast Main Line at the Southern tip of County Durham. The real one opened in 1841 and closed on 3rd March 1969 with the Richmond branch. There was no goods yard as the Stockton & Darlington Railway got to Croft first - see the layout "Croft Depot" for details. Croft Depot is just outside the scenic area I will be able to model. What scale and why? The layout will be in British N, i.e. 1:148 scale on 9mm track. This is largely because I have most of the trains already for Hawthorn Dene. For the same reason it will be DCC from the word go, incorporating the lessons I've learned from Hawthorn Dene and No Place. What size? My car is a Citroen Grand C4 Picasso and will take Hawthorn Dene plus all stock and two operators (though as the stock has grown the word "comfortably" is going from that sentence... Croft Spa then can be ten feet long on two baseboards and can re-use/share the proscenium from Hawthorn Dene, and share the Powercabs and booster with Hawthorn Dene and No Place. Size is therefore 10 feet long (I work in Imperial) and 2 feet 9 inches wide. The height off the floor I've not yet measured but it seems to be 2 inches lower than No Place as the baseboards are less deep. That will also make it about three inches lower than Hawthorn Dene. Perhaps just as well as I can't do a view upwards into this layout. Plenty to talk about. Les
  4. Hi all, I’m Chris and I’m one of the admins in the LNER Modellers Facebook group. This is my layout Richmond, based on the terminus of the ex NER branch line from Darlington. It’s still very much a work in progress, but I’d like to share it with you! I also have a YouTube channel of the same name, and if you feel so inclined you can see my progress from bare baseboards to the current state of affairs...
  5. Well, I think it is about time I threw my hat into the ring. I have been meandering here for some time with a few builds but now I need to have something for them to run on. My interest originated as a boy with a trainset and my then neighbour had a wonderful model layout in his spare bedroom, which I watched him run. Good times, wonderful days. Welcome to Chippenham. My intention is to build a prototypical based layout of Chippenham mainline through station and the Calne branch line. Track plans will be based in the 1920/30s as will the structures. Both will be roundy roundy. The rolling stock will range from early to late Great Western. I will try to keep train formations correct but not all at the same time, i.e. an outside framed Pannier freight may be passing a King hauling a rake of Colletts on the main line. About thirteen or so years ago I hastily built baseboards to start building my planned layout based on a prototype mainline station with a branch. I had only one station and branch in mind. With a 20ft x 13ft space available, I knew a few compromises would be essential regarding the track plan and how to merge the branch into the space. The space itself is a loft. I could have waited until I was able to afford a loft conversion so it would have been a very comfortable room. That could be a long time and runs the risk of finding a different use for said space, so I made good what I could and got on with the layout. This was all pre RMweb for me and many lessons learnt since. Once I had the track plan down on paper I squeezed the available space to the max. Adding a few more sidings plus increasing the shed space into something more suited to Swindon or Bristol. At one point I had the layout completely wired and working but it just did not feel right. I fell out of love with the layout and modelling for some years whilst life took over and new events and projects undertaken. A change of job meant a change of focus. I discovered RMweb and started lurking, like so many. Totally seduced by the fantastic layouts and projects on show by the members here, I started to rediscover my enthusiasm. Eventually I was persuaded by my colleagues to start my Great Western Hercules loco project. The help and encouragement from the web members not only motivated the build but reignited my enthusiasm for the long stagnating layout project. After being invited and subsequently attending the RMweb Didcot day hosted by Castle (thank you Sir) my determination to complete this project is completely set in stone. I am under no illusion that this will be a quick build I expect the project to take many years to complete possibly at least 10 years to get it exactly as I want it. I had collected a lot of pictorial research, maps and books as I still had a general interest in the station, branch and surrounding area, after all my Great Uncle was a driver on the bunk. Unfortunately I never had chance to talk to him about his career. This was a great help as I did not have to start completely from scratch. Looking at the layout as it stood I again felt the lack of motivation, something was just not right about it or the track plan I just could not put my finger on it. However I know that if I continued rebuilding it I would never be happy so I have decided to dismantle the entire thing and start again. Whilst deconstruction commenced the reason behind my dislike for the track plan hit me. LESS IS MORE! I have viewed numerous wonderful layouts on this forum and enjoyed reading about their development as well as the banter. I had fallen into the trap of getting as many sidings and lines on the board as possible, whilst still true to a general over-view of the chosen station I had increased the amount of sidings and shed area. This can easily be rectified especially as I am completely rebuilding from the boards up. I do not want a layout to run to a timetable as I like having my trains just running, so as the next kit is being built I can watch the trains roll by. I really enjoy building kits and collecting/running RTR stock. I will have to scratch build all my buildings and will attempt to recreate these as accurately as possible. As previously mentioned I had already started this layout and have already purchased my track and points etc. Unfortunately (as I did not know any better then) I have electrofrog pointwork. There are far many too many points and cross-overs to be able to afford replacing with livefrog. The existing track is Peco 100 again too much to think about replacing with either bullhead, code 75 or making my own. I don’t have enough time to realistically build my own especially as I expect to be building all the structures myself after researching them. Like most others I also have a decent amount of rolling stock kits to keep me distracted. I have mentioned RTR stock as well and have a good collection of this. So the layout will be DC controlled. As much as I love seeing and hearing all the DCC locos and appreciate everything they can offer I am a little old school and enjoy wiring up sections of track. Plus the initial outlay is quite high especially as I have DC controls already. I regrettably do not have any pre-existing knowledge of railways; model or prototype. So I do not necessarily know names and terms used for locos, stock and infrastructure. I have learnt a lot and still learning. This also includes ALL modelling skills from the basic track down to the weathering, detailing of buildings and stock and use of equipment, i.e. soldering irons, airbrushes to what materials to use and when. Modelling time is still at a premium and will be for some years to come, building will be slow as a single handed project but I intend on producing a layout that I am 100% happy with. I would rather spend three weeks getting a small detail right to the best of my ability than three hours just to get it done and in place. So here is an idea of the main station layout. Unfortunately I am not very good with computer programmes so I have drawn the plan; Calne will follow in due course. The track plan is much simpler, being a smaller market town terminus. Additionally the branch will have to be inclined to a different level to the mainline in order to be able to incorporate it. All comments and conversations are encouraged here. I would like for this thread to become more of a conversation as well as a sharing point for ideas, skills, knowledge and banter. Hopefully it will become a good source of information for all of those visiting, as well as an enjoyable and amusing read. After all, we are here because we share the same interest but for many different reasons. My postings may be sporadic due to available time but updates will be documented.
  6. Hello to the forum (I hope this is the right place for this!). I am Ed, and am new here as you can see, and also pretty much new to model railways. At best I am returning after a long break! I had a OO model railway as a child the baseboard and track of which was built for me by a willing uncle, and Frank Dyer of Borchester Town/Junction fame was actually a family friend who I used to enjoy visiting, but this was some time ago now. However, I have recently rekindled my interest in the idea of building a model railway again, deciding that a small branch line layout in N gauge was likely to be the most practical way back into the hobby in terms of space and perhaps also financial considerations (until I looked into how much locomotives were - smaller engines do not mean fewer £s!). Anyway, I have been lurking here for a bit, reading up, and have also bought one or two books on the basics. I am pretty practical, being used to modelling and indeed renovating houses, but lack skills in electronics beyond basic household wiring, so this part in particular will be a challenge. Doing things with Arduino fascinates me, but I wouldn't know where to begin. I am not even sure about DCC! I wanted to try and model a real place, because I enjoy the research and thought that goes into models like that, probably influenced by Frank Dyer's way of thinking about the hobby. I liked the idea of trying to depict a small bit of railway as it might have been in c.1935-1950, I thought modelling my childhood home railway station, Ashwell in Hertfordshire, would be a good start. It's on the Hitchin to Cambridge branch, double track line only now, but historically it had a small area of sidings and a goods shed which served the local villages, including Fordham's Brewery in Ashwell - I have nice visions of running a beer train down to London. It has a handy road bridge to the southwest side, which will be useful for hiding the 'exit stage left', and I figured a bit of creative license would permit another hedge line on the northeast to do the same at that end, with the sidings in between. It was built by the GNR, but I understand GNR is very difficult to model in N owing to lack of available RTR and kit form anything, so my plan was to try and model the LNER in the first instance, but if that failed then go early BR! I will be asking some more questions elsewhere on the forum about sources of information for things like working timetables, evidence of what sort of train formations might have worked from the sidings and how they would have operated, and the right form for the now long gone signal box and signals etc. It's a small station, so I guess it will be difficult! My question here is about help with the layout design, because despite initial enthusiasm, I have become slightly overwhelmed. I thought my idea would be something relatively achievable, a small layout, not too complex to design and build (and wire up!) However, the more I read and look at some of the build threads on here, the more I begin to think I may have been sadly mistaken. I struggled to find any plans whatsoever in any archives for Ashwell, except for the Ordnance Survey map. The best one predates my era somewhat (1898), but later lower quality maps show that the track arrangement did not (in theory) change much into the 1930-50 time period. Great, I thought, I'll just scale that to 1:148 from 1:2500 (which I think I've done, but I might have fallen foul of screen DPI vs actual size!), and design my layout based on what it shows. After more research, I found SCARM and Anyrail, and played with SCARM first today, roughly scaling from the screen. The attached is where I have got to. My worries relate mainly to the dimensions it is showing. As it was N gauge, I hadn't expected it to get to 4m long - that's bigger than my old OO layout, and about 1.7 m more than I have in the room I am likely to use...andI feel like it shouldn't be that big! My plan was to have a layout that had a loop round the back with a fiddle yard out of sight - this is shown only simply, I'd like to have more sidings than shown. But now I am wondering whether it's just not possible. What I am hoping is that someone vastly more experienced than me with the process of designing based on real places could judge whether and how I have gone wrong? And if I haven't, I would very much like people's advice on how I could achieve something along the lines of my vision above. Suggestions from seasoned designers would be very welcome. I tried to attach the actual SCARM file here, but it wouldn't let me, so it's just a screen snip. SCARM question: Is there a way of uploading the OS plan to it at the right size for N gauge, so that you can just trace your layout over it? That would be brilliant. OS Map printout: How do those who talk about having the scale map in hard copy print it out? Do you take it to a local shop? Trackwork: I chose Finetrax code 40 rail (more research) because it just looks so much better, although I am slightly nervous about it - have I bitten off more than I can chew with it for my first layout?! Books or other websites: Are there any, besides RMWEB, which I would find invaluable in my quest? If so, I will seek them out on people's recommendations. I think those are enough questions for now, and for my first post, and I look forward very much to any help you're able to offer. Thanks, Ed
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